Bike-ride service pins hopes on Indonesian rival

The government says Malaysia is not yet ready for a motorcycle ride-hailing service such as Dego Ride as it would mean more motorcycles on the road. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: The owner of Dego Ride, Malaysia’s first motorcycle ride-hailing service, has voiced hope that the government will study the possibility of finally allowing such services in Malaysia.

Dego Ride founder Nabil Feisal Bamadhaj said the company was currently surviving on courier and delivery services as motorcycle ride-hailing was banned by both the previous and current administrations,

However, Transport Minister Loke Siew Fook was recently quoted as saying that Indonesian ride-hailing giant Go-Jek was interested in operating in Malaysia.

“We see Loke’s comments as positive for the people and the transport sector, and if there is a study, we hope to be included in it,” Nabil told FMT.

Nabil said there were still opportunities for motorcycle taxis to be included in the public transport network to cut through traffic congestion and save time.

He added that Dego Ride understood the need for regulations, and would be willing to contribute to this process from sharing data, screening and monitoring processes and tools in the Dego Ride app.

“There should be regulations, from a specific license for motorcycles who offer ride-hailing services, zoning of operation areas, a rider’s track record and so on.”

Go-Jek Indonesia started as a motorcycle ride-hailing service, though it now also offers car ride-hailing services and food delivery.

Loke was quoted in a recent article in the Edge as saying he had met with Go-Jek representatives and that Malaysia was open to foreign investment but stressed the need to comply with ride-hailing regulations.

Loke has said that he believed Malaysia was not yet ready for a motorcycle ride-hailing service as it would mean more motorcycles on the road, and that motorcycle accident rates were already very high.